Synopsis: We follow a band of American soldiers as they engage the Germans in a snowy, foggy winter near Bastogne in World War II. They're low on fuel, rations, and ammunition; the Germans are constantly encouraging their surrender via radio and leaflets, and most importantly, the pervasive thick fog makes movement and identification difficult and prevents their relief by Allied air support. This film focuses much more on the psychology and morale of the soldiers than on action footage and heroics.
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Director(s): William A. Wellman
Production: MGM
  Won 2 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 5 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
118 min

No, I was just sitting here.

- That's a nice-looking little girl.

- It's a boy.

What's it like, Holley?

- Paris?

- Yeah.

I spent my spare time in the art galleries.

But I happened to hear about a place

that might interest you. Place Pigalle.

Pig Alley.

Be sure to bring your dog tags,

because one night in Pig Alley...

Excuse me.

Because you're going to think

you're the Caliph of Baghdad.

You guys talk about Piccadilly Circus.

Compared to Pig Alley,

it's like the quiet room in a limey YMCA.

How about you and me

boarding up in Paris?

What's the matter,

did Pop Stazak disown you?

Pop can't go on account of his arthritis.

I love you, Roderigues. I love all of you.

But I'm getting me a private room

and private bath in Paris...

if I have to get it at the point of a gun.

The big brain wants to get away

from us common people.

He hasn't got anybody around here

to chat with about the Einstein Theory.

What do you mean? He's got me.

There ain't nothing

we like to talk about better.

What happened to Lt. Belwick?

He was just your speed, Joe College.

He got hit in Holland.

It's all right, kid. Go right ahead.

Just brush me off when you're through.

- Holley, my boy, bonjour.

- Hiya. What are you busting out about?

It's nothing at all, son.

It's hardly worth mentioning.

They're just making me a civilian,

that's all.

- They what?

- I wish I had arthritis.

It ain't the arthritis.

They got a report from the Red Cross...

that my wife is too sick

to take care of the kids.

So I let them talk me into accepting

a dependency discharge.

Glad you made it, Pop.

Who's gonna adopt Roderigues?

He'd be lost without his Popsy Wopsy.

One of these days

you're going to get a GI bootsie wootsie...

right square in those GI teeth.

Such language. You should have

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Robert Pirosh

Robert Pirosh (April 1, 1910 – December 25, 1989) was an American motion picture and television screenwriter and director. more…

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